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The Royal Family of Spain visits the Charterhouse of Valldemossa during their Majorcan holidays

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It is in a highly historic place that the royal family of Spain made its first official visit to four, since the beginning of its annual summer vacation in Mallorca. King Felipe and Queen Letizia introduced their two daughters to the Charterhouse of Valldemossa, taking advantage of this moment to offer a summer photo session to the photographers covering the event. This former monastery, whose foundations date back to the 14th century, was also the residence of King Sancho 1st of Majorca.

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A first family summer photo shoot in Mallorca

Queen Letizia, 49, Princess Leonor, 16, and Infanta Sofia, 15, arrived in Mallorca this Sunday July 31, joining King Felipe VI, 54, who had already been on the island since Thursday evening. Barely arrived in the Balearic Islands, Queen Letizia made her first official outing on Sunday evening, attending the closing ceremony of the Mallorca Film Festival where Isabelle Huppert was rewarded.

The Royal Family of Spain visiting the Juan Carlos 1e Garden on the site of the Charterhouse of Valldemossa (Photo: Archie Andrews/ABACAPRESS.COM)

This Monday, the whole royal family went out to Mallorca. Each year, the family spends part of their vacation on the island where Queen Emeritus Sofia also likes to meet her grandchildren at the Marivent Palace. Family vacations combine both private moments and official outings.

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Visit to the Charterhouse of Valldemossa by the Royal Family of Spain

On August 1, it was at the Cartuja de Valldemossa that King Felipe, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofia made a remarkable appearance. La Cartuja, “the Charterhouse” in French, is a former monastery of the Carthusian order. The building is located about 20 km from Palma de Mallorca.

King Felipe, Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofia and Queen Letizia agree to do a summer photoshoot while visiting this Mallorcan site (Photo: Archie Andrews/ABACAPRESS.COM)

The royal family was welcomed by the regional authorities upon their arrival at the site. The royal quartet was then treated to a guided tour by Concepción Bauzá, professor of art history at the University of the Balearic Islands. According to Vanitatis, Queen Letizia honored a Mallorcan designer, Pablo Erroz, who made this outfit especially for her. Princess Leonor wore a Sfera dress and Infanta Sofia a Zara dress.

In the 15th century, King Jacques II of Majorca had a palace built on a hill located in Valldemossa, for his son, the future King Sancho 1st. The palace was therefore a royal residence, until Martin 1st “The Human”, King of Aragon, donated all the royal possessions of the region to the monks of the Carthusian order. The monks lived there until 1835.

Inside the museum, the royal family visited several rooms, including this one dedicated to the music of Chopin (Photo: Casa Real de SM el Rey)

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Different buildings have been built, demolished and rebuilt throughout the centuries. Most of the current buildings were built in the 18th century, such as the monastery church, built on the foundations of a previous church dating from 1446. During the visit, the royal family stopped at several places on the site. Felipe and Letizia visited the museum, the gardens but also the pharmacy.

After visiting La Cartuja, the family strolled through the streets of Valldemossa (Photo: GTres/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Once the tour of the historic site was over, Felipe, Letizia, Leonor and Sofia extended their visit to the town of Vallmedossa. They gave themselves a walkabout, then they ordered a pastry in a trade, and finally, before leaving the city, the whole family signed the book of honor at the town hall.

Nicholas Fontaine

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Nicolas Fontaine has been a freelance web editor since 2014. After having been a copywriter and author for numerous Belgian and French brands and media, he specialized in royalty news. Nicolas is now editor-in-chief of Histoires royales. [email protected]